Police chief in court over shooting of unarmed man

The first court hearing is due to take place today in a health and safety case against police following the shooting of an unarmed odd-job man.

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Police chief not guilty plea over shooting of unarmed man

Greater Manchester's Chief Constable has pleaded not guilty to breaching health and safety laws after an unarmed man was shot dead by officers.

Anthony Grainger was killed by a police marksman in March 2012.

If Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy is found guilty, GMP faces an unlimited fine.

But family and friends of Mr Grainger say the officer who pulled the trigger should be put on trial instead.

Our Correspondent Matt O'Donoghue reports:

Police chief in not guilty plea over shooting of unarmed man

Sir Peter Fahy has pleaded not guilty to a health and safety charge Credit: PA Images

Chief constable Sir Peter Fahy has pleaded not guilty to a health and safety charge in connection with the death of an unarmed odd-job man who was shot by one of his officers.

Sir Peter, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), is accused of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 over the shooting of Anthony Grainger in March 2012.

He did not appear in the dock at London's Westminster Magistrates' Court, where the plea was made on his behalf by Anne Whyte QC, representing the GMP.

Sir Peter has been charged as the "corporation sole" for the force, a legal status that means he is a representative of GMP but does not share criminal liability.Prosecutor Karen Robinson argued that the appropriate venue for the trial to be heard was a Crown Court.

She noted that an unlimited fine could be imposed if there was a conviction and it was found that the actions led to a death.The maximum fine for a summary conviction at a magistrates' court would be £20,000.

District Judge Howard Riddle sent the case to Southwark Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on February 20."The question of bail does not arise," he said.

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